I WENT WITH MY COLD PLATE BOOKLET DIRECTIONS, I SMOKED THE CHEESE AT 150 FOR 15 MINS., SHUT THE UNIT DOWN, STILL SMOKIN, OPEN UNIT AFTER 90 MINS. CHECKED COLOR, FELT LIKE I NEEDED TO DO IT ONCE MORE . THE BOOKLET SAID I COULD DO IT TWICE. SO I DID, IT LOOKS GOOD TO ME NOW. WAS VERY EASY, CAN'T WAIT FOR THE 2 WEEKS TO BE UP. I HAVE PURCHASED MORE CHEESE READY TO DO ANOTHER BATCH AFTER I TRY THE 1ST BATCH.
Hey Graniteman - welcome to SMF. The cheese looks good. You will love it in 2 weeks
That looks like a SmokinTex 1400 smoker you got there. If so it is the same smoker I have. The heat shield plate works pretty well but for about $30 I can help you smoke a whole lot better with that unit. The A MAZN SMOKER fits into the smoker and gives you a consistant smoke source for both hot AND cold smokes. I have been using it for quite a while now and it does what the chunk box cant do. If you want some help send me a PM and I will be glad to help
the cheese looks great i have done both swiss and Jarlsburg and found for me the two week wait made a big difference. the havati that just came out was outstanding as well. the next batch will have some meunster, any one tried this cheese?
That is some beautiful cheese, I don't know if I could wait the two weeks, might have to smoke it here at home and take it to the lake house and refrigerate it over there so I did not open up any sealed packages and try it out, that would give me an hour and a half drive from the cheese. LOL!!! Your doing a fine job graniteman! Keep up the good work and the Q-View.
I ordered the cold plate with my smokin tex 1400, it is a metal shelf with insulation in it to keep the heat in the lower chamber . you put ice in a container and place it on the the shelf.
the upper chamber stayed at 70 degrees while the bottom was set at 150 degrees to ignite the wood chips. You can see the plate in the picture under the ice. Thanks for asking, good luck with your next smoke.